Twitter users have voted by the millions for the resignation of its controversial chief executive, Elon Musk.
The big question for the Twitter CEO is whether Musk will respect the results of his own Twitter poll, and whether that will spell the end of a turbulent two months at the helm of the social media platform.
In a vote posted on Sunday night after attending the World Cup final in Doha, Qatar, Musk asked his 122 million Twitter followers: “Should I step down as the head of Twitter? I will respect the results of this poll.”
After polls closed at 11:20 a.m. on Monday, of the 17.5 million users who voted, 57.5% said he should step down and 42.5% said he should remain Twitter boss.
It’s unclear whether Musk would respect the results and step down after just two months at the helm of Twitter.
Last week, he deleted a poll about reinstating suspended journalists’ accounts before it was completed.
Since releasing the poll on his future, the illionary Tesla boss has also tweeted that people should be careful what they wish for, but denied having selected his potential replacement yet.
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“Nobody wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There’s no successor,” he said.
Overnight, Musk also liked a tweet saying, “When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become king. The palace becomes a circus.”
Earlier, Musk announced a U-turn on a new policy that banned users from logging into certain rival social media websites, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.
He wrote on Twitter that the policy would be “adjusted” to only suspend accounts “when the *primary* purpose of that account is competitor promotion.”
He added: “In the future there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. This will not happen again.
The initial announcement was Musk’s latest move to clamp down on some speech after he shut down a Twitter account last week that tracked his private jet flights.
Recently, Musk also came under fire from officials in Brussels for kicking a series of Twitter reporters for covering the billionaire off the platform.
EU Commissioner Vera Jourova said the suspensions were “worrying” and that EU law protects media freedom.
Many of those accounts were later restored following an online survey conducted by Musk.